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April 23, 2009

This is my first blog.  An epic event.  A ghost town now but more content soon I promise.  Please feel free to leave comments!

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  1. April 27, 2009 7:17 pm

    aloha mike,

    i enjoyed your first post~! the thing i am still fascinated about when it comes to pialug’s role in reviving a voyaging culture is that often polynesians, micronesians and melanesians internalize the differences that foreigners used to divide the groups. pialug’s knowledge indicates that we’re really more alike than different. i wish we would look for more connections between pacific islanders and share epistemologies and ontologies rather than spend so much time differentiating ourselves from others.

    • michaelharing permalink*
      April 28, 2009 8:53 am

      Papa Mau most certainly is a uniter for pacific islanders. I love the fact that his wisdom has led to a cultural rebirth from a humble source: A single man living on a very tiny atoll! I have heard that initially, some on Satawal where not very happy that Mau was spreading this knowledge beyond his homeland. There are many issues that cause conflicts between our cultures and societies. I cannot speak for Papa Mau, but I imagine he may not present the effects of christianity on island communities in the best light for instance. I just hope that we can work to resolve conflicts from a perspective of cultural dignity. It was nice to see the President of the United States speak to this idea in his innauguration speech when he said “…our differences unite us.”

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